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Kyle Walker hopes Kieran Trippier will be the 'Ben Davies' to his 'Danny Rose'

The summer signing is in strong contention for a starting berth, but Kyle Walker remains confident.

Kyle Walker has revealed to the Hampstead and Highgate Express that he hopes Keiran Trippier’s signing will push him to improve like Danny Rose did, following Ben Davies’ arrival.

The Welshman joined from Swansea last summer and was widely tipped to take the first-team left-back spot after an unconvincing previous campaign by the Spurs incumbent.

Rose had other ideas however, and improved drastically to become one of the standout left-backs in the league by the end of the season.

Trippier looks like being an excellent addition to the Spurs squad and Walker is adamant that competition will be a good thing.

“I’ve played with Tripps for the England Under-19s and I know what a good player he is,” said Walker, in quotes published by the Hampstead and Highgate Express.

“I’ve had good competition here before with Kyle Naughton for a long time. Tripps coming here is only going to push me into becoming a better player."

“Ben Davies came in last season [at left-back] and look what he did for Danny Rose – he spurred him on and hopefully Tripps’ arrival will do the same for me.

Walker responded confidently when asked if the new arrival had heaped any unwanted pressure on him, adding:

“I don’t feel pressure. When I came here I was probably the fifth-choice right back! I don’t feel pressure, I probably thrive on it. I know it will make me a better player, and I’ve got to believe in myself.

“Kieran Trippier is a good friend but he’s competition and he is a human being just like me, so whoever plays I’m sure will do a fantastic job for Spurs and I wish him all the best.”

The signs of an improvement in Walker’s game may already have begun to emerge, with a solid pre-season being added to by a competent display at Old Trafford – in spite of his own goal.

Ashley Young found his progress shut down by the Spurs man, on the whole, and his commitment to his defensive duties will be encouraging for the Tottenham faithful.

On his day, Walker remains one of the best full-backs in the league and his lightening pace means getting the better of him on one-on-one duels is practically impossible.

It’s his positional skills and awareness that have tended to be his downfall in the past, but if he can improve upon those this season and cut out the individual errors, the Spurs rearguard will start to look in much better shape.

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